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by Jason Lockhart / New York Islanders

A three-goal third period clinches win over Canadian University

Photo by Bob Maillet
The Islanders rookie squad poured it on in the third period to win 4-2 over the University of Moncton, Thursday night at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick. Chris Gaudet, Tomas Marcinko, Drew Fata and Sean Bentivoglio scored for the Islanders, while Masi Marjamaki added two assists. Maxime Ouellet made 22 saves to earn the victory.

The young Islanders squad started off a big sluggish, but turned it on in the final frame, playing in their second game together. After dropping a 3-1 decision to National Champion University of New Brunswick earlier this week, the Islanders, dressed in their Bridgeport uniforms, out played the Canadian University National runners-up, out shooting them 37-24.

Gaudet, a former Moncton Wildcat captain opened the scoring with 2:01 remaining in the first period. Gaudet pounced on a rebound, while skating 4-on-4, with the assists going to Marjamaki and defenseman Martin Frechette.

Late in the first period, Jason Pitton showed his physical side, getting into an altercation with Nicolas Robillard. Each was assessed double minors for roughing. The game was being played under CIS rules, so fighting penalties would have resulted in an immediate suspension for the Moncton player.

Moncton tied the score at one, 4:35 into the second period on a goal by Mathieu Richard.

Bentivoglio made a perfect feed to Tomas Marcinko, who roofed a goal 18 seconds into the third period for a 2-1 Islanders lead. Jamie Fraser also earned an assist on the play.

Pierre-Andre Bureau tied the score at two on a 5-on-3 power play at 5:57 of the third period. Louis Manderville and Francis Trudel picked up the assists.

The Islanders then scored the next two goals to grab a 4-2 advantage. At 7:33 of the third period, Fata broke into the offensive zone, skated around one defensemen and slid the puck by the sprawling netminder.

Just over a minute later, Bentivoglio picked up a loose puck at center ice, which Marjamaki shot off the glass. Bentivoglio skated in all alone on the goaltender and put a backhander in for a 4-2 lead. 

Thoughts from player development assistant Steve Webb
"If there's one guy who really stood out in this game, it's Justin Bourne. He tried to make a difference out there every shift. He worked hard, making second, third and fourth efforts. This is a kid who came to camp on an invite, and people knew little about him. Now he's being recognized."

"Kohn is doing a good job transitioning from the junior level to the pros. His skating is effortless, and he's becoming smarter with the puck."

"Drew Fata also had a strong game. He has a great shot and skated well. Jamie Fraser played a good game, as well. He really used his speed well for the second game in a row."

"In the third period, the guys picked it up and took control. They started controlling the play and taking it to Moncton. Specifically, I liked Pitton's game. He skated and hit hard."

49 Maxime Ouellet
35 Mike Mole

40 Jamie Fraser – 7 Simon Lacroix
24 Dustin Kohn – 37 Jordan Hart
44 Drew Fata – 5 Martin Frechette

10 Sean Bentivoglio – 16 Tomas Marcinko – 18 Tyler Haskins
23 Trevor Smith – 9 Chris Gaudet – 15 Masi Marjamaki
20 Max Gratchev – 29 Derek Damon – 8 Justin Bourne
39 Steve Regier – 19 Marc Cavosie – 17 Jason Pitton

University of Moncton
1 Eric Lafrance
35 Kevin Lachance

3 Jules Melanson
4 Chrisitan Brideau
5 Billy Bezeau
11 Raphael Cote
15 Louis Manderville
19 Francis Trudel
20 Mathieu Richard
23 Patrick Gilbert
25 Carl McLean

6 Nicolas Laplante
7 Remi Doucet
8 Glenn Robichaud
9 Ian Mathieu-Girard
16 Mathieu Betournay
21 Mathieu Berube
22 Charles Bergeron
24 Nicolas Robillard
26 Pierre-Andre Bureau

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